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    I have a painter's memory. I can remember things from my childhood which were so powerfully imprinted on me, the whole scene comes back.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: memory  childhood 
     
    I don't like to listen to music while I'm working.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: music 
     
    Literature is the province of imagination, and stories, in whatever guise, are meditations on life.
    — Paula Fox
    You'll see some bad things, but if you didn't see them, they'd still be happening.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: bad 
     
    My father brought me a box of books once when I was about three and a half or four. I remember the carton they were in and the covers with illustrations by Newell C. Wyeth.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: book  father 
     
    There's a certain amount of tyranny in all of us to some extent, and in some people it's much more developed than in others. It's a different balance which makes us all different.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people  balance 
     
    When I begin a story at my desk, the window to my back, the path is not there. As I start to walk, I make the path.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: stories  path 
     
    It was hard to reassure grown-ups when you weren't certain yourself what you were feeling and thinking-when thoughts dissolved before you could name them.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: thoughts 
     
    The density of people in society is so thick that we forget that life will end one day. And we don't know when that one-day will be. So please, tell the people you love and care for that they are special and important. Tell them, before it is too late.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people  society  care 
     
    To be human is to be in a story.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: human  stories 
     
    The language of labels is like paper money, issued irresponsibly, with nothing of intrinsic value behind it, that is, with no effort of the intelligence to see, to really apprehend.
    — Paula Fox
    A year and a half after the end of the war and the German occupation, Paris was muted and looked bruised and forlorn. Everywhere I went, I sensed the tracks of the wolf that had tried to devour the city. But Paris proved inedible, as it had been ever since its tribal beginnings on an island in the Seine, the Ile de la Cité.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: war  occupation  year 
     
    Labels not only free us from the obligation to think creatively; they numb our sensibilities, our power to feel. During the Vietnam War, the phrase body count entered our vocabulary. It is an ambiguous phrase, inorganic, even faintly sporty. It distanced us from the painful reality of corpses, of dead, mutilated people.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people  reality  power  body  war  vietnam 
     
    I taught writing classes at the University of Pennsylvania for a number of years and I realized that all you can do is encourage people and give them assignments and hope they will write them.
    — Paula Fox
    A lie hides the truth. A story tries to find it.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: truth  lies  stories 
     
    Teachers inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: heart  world  inspire 
     
    we are, in this country, more open to new ideas. But we are also, it seems to me, more inclined to hail the new as absolute truth - until the next new comes along.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: truth  ideas 
     
    Freedom is a public library.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: freedom  library 
     
    Life is all getting used to what you're not used to.
    — Paula Fox
    I was the goldfish that leapt out of the bowl.
    — Paula Fox
    People steal into one's consciousness and occupy what seems, in retrospect, to have been their place all along.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people 
     
    A good novel begins with a small question and ends with a bigger one.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: questions  novel 
     
    The minute you become conscious that you are doing good, that's the minute you have to stop because from then on it's wrong.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: conscious  wrong 
     
    Families hold each other in an iron grip of definition. One must break the grip, somehow.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: definition 
     
    When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child's hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an awakener.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: children  nature  child  book  read 
     
    There was no way to grasp the reality of the present which slid away each second, invisible as air; reality only existed after the fact, in one's vision of the past.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: reality  past  present  facts  vision 
     
    If a person had accused him of meanness, he could have defended himself. But with a dog - you did something cheap to it when you were sure no one was looking, and it was as though you had done it in front of a mirror.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people  dog 
     
    Imagination has to do with one's awareness of the reality of other people as well as of one's own reality. Imagination is a bridge between the provincialism of the self and the great world.
    — Paula Fox
    Life was an impenetrable mystery cloaked in babble.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: mystery 
     
    When there's a terrible murder people who are interviewed say, 'This has always been a quiet neighborhood.' That is so dumb and uninformed! The earth is not a quiet neighborhood. There isn't anyplace that's a quiet neighborhood. People are asking themselves how to stay neat in the cyclone.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people  earth  murder 
     
    My life was incoherent to me. I felt it quivering, spitting out broken teeth.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: broken 
     
    And what movies we saw! All the actors and actresses whose photographs I collected, with their look of eternity! Their radiance, their eyes, their faces, their voices, the suavity of their movements! Their clothes! Even in prison movies, the stars shone in their prison clothes as if tailors had accompanied them in their downfall.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: star  eyes  prison  movie 
     
    When I had a few francs, I spent them at a café on the Place de Longchamps, a block or so from my pension, where I could order a glass of Beaujolais and a plate of string beans in vinaigrette for the equivalent of fifteen cents.
    — Paula Fox
    Words are nets through which all truth escapes.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: truth 
     
    The truth came slowly like a story told by people interrupting each other.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: truth  people  stories 
     
    I've always known a lot of very bad people, destructive, brutes of a certain kind. Then I've seen these lovely impulses and what not, and they've stayed with me and comforted me.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people  bad 
     
    I don't know what makes a writer's voice. It's dozens of things. There are people who write who don't have it. They're tone-deaf, even though they're very fluent. It's an ability, like anything else, being a doctor or a veterinarian, or a musician.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: people  write  doctor 
     
    My first job was working in a dress shop in Los Angeles in 1940, for $7 a week.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: job 
     
    In my early twenties, that's when I really began to write. Before that, I was too busy working, keeping myself going.
    — Paula Fox
    tags: write 
     
    I like to cook; it is, for me, a happy combination of mindlessness and purpose.
    — Paula Fox
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